WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 1, Paganini Rhapsody / Pletnev


Release Date: 01/29/2002 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61976   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mikhail Pletnev and Libor Pešek's 1988 Rachmaninov disc makes a welcome reappearance. Pešek launches the concerto with a refreshing athleticism, resisting the temptation to make the opening horn fanfare an imitation of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. Pletnev matches this energy with his own brisk and fluid pacing, making for a performance that's stunning in its clarity and power. Yet for all this, Pletnev lends the music a Chopinesque poetic sensitivity (especially in the slow movement) that's quite affecting.

Ah, but it's in the Paganini Rhapsody where the sparks really fly. Pletnev invests each variation with a specific vibrancy that perfectly defines its individual character, all the while magically relating each to the
Read more whole--and his spectacular playing in the Scherzando Variation 15 will have you reaching for the repeat button. Pešek leads the Philharmonia in a vital and colorful performance and offers a particularly moving rendition of the famous Andante Cantabile variation. This is a fine effort overall, though not one to shake me from my coveted Rubinstein/Reiner classic on RCA. Virgin's recording indicates a large venue, but there's plenty of presence, depth, and clarity to the sound.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1: I. Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1: III. Allegro vivace
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation VI - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation VII - Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation VIII - Tempo I
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation IX - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation X
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XI - Moderato
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XII - Tempo di Minuetto
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XIV - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XV - Più vivo. Scherzando
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XVI - Allegretto
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XVII
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XVIII - Andante cantabile
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XIX - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XX - Un poco più vivo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XXII - Un poco più vivo - alla breve
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XXIII - L'istesso tempo
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Variation XXIV - A tempo un poco meno mosso

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In